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Find out what's been happening at the Confucius Institute.

Chinese plants in a Manchester urban oasis
29 March 2017
Gardens are created in every conceivable space and a wonderful gardening space exists in the heart of Hulme, close to the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese painting
29 March 2017
“The Four Gentlemen” (四君子 junzi) in Chinese brush painting refer to four plants: plum (梅 mei), orchid (兰 lan), bamboo (竹 zhu), and chrysanthemum (菊 ju). Those four plants have become the basis of Chinese art because of their beauty and characters.

Our new link school: Alderly Edge School for Girls
30 March 2017
Alderley Edge School for Girls introduced Mandarin lunch time clubs with the support of Confucius Institute. Mrs Jayne Davison who is in charge of the programme, spoke to us and explained why they wanted to bring Mandarin to the school.

Our partners: The Chinese Student and Scholar Association
28 February 2017
Under the guidance of Education Section, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, CSSA organises, sponsors and supports various social activities among Chinese students and scholars in Manchester.

The Qing Ming Festival - a Chinese holiday that commemorates family ancestors
28 February 2017
Alongside the Spring, Dragon Boat and Mid-autumn Festivals, the Qing Ming Festival (清明节 Qing míng Jié) is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. It is also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, which falls on April 4th or 5th of the Gregorian calendar.

Manchester Test centre is up and running
28 February 2017
In the last two years, the Confucius Institute Manchester has increased its efforts to raise the profile of Chinese language teaching and learning within a recognised accredited framework.

Enriching student’s lives with arts and culture
31 January 2017
In 2017, the Confucius Institute will focus on enriching student’s experiences through a varied programme of arts and culture, offering them unique opportunities to fully experience the culture of China.

The Art of Giving Gifts in China
1 December 2016
When should a gift be given in China? What types of gifts are acceptable?

Our 10th Anniversary Celebration
30 November 2016
Ten year anniversary of Confucius Institute marks Manchester’s commitment to Chinese learning and teaching.

Education Secretary visits 'Outstanding' Oasis Academy Limeside
30 November 2016
Chinese language learning, fencing, philosophy and computer science were just a selection of the unique subjects the Secretary of State observed during her time with us.

Our link school: The Bury Grammar Schools in the heart of Lancashire
28 November 2016
The pupils at Bury Grammar School age from 3 to 18 years old and they enjoy numerous opportunities with a comprehensive extra-curricular programme.

Our partners: The Lowry
25 October 2016
The National Ballet of China will be visiting The Lowry and we were able to connect them with an academic expert for a pre-show talk on Thursday, 24 November 2016.

Sister cities Wuhan and Manchester - 30 years on
25 October 2016
If you happen to travel to China at the end of October, you can go to Wuhan for some dosage of Manchester music and food.

A Mandarin Chinese Learning App we recommend: ChineseSkill
25 October 2016
Technology is very much part of language learning throughout the world at all different levels.

Welcome to our new Senior Language Tutor – Ms Lucy Yang
25 October 2016
The Confucius Institute would like to introduce Ms Lucy Yang as their newly appointed Senior Language Tutor.

Official Opening of the Confucius Institute at 180 Waterloo Place
29 September 2016
Celebrations on Wednesday, 21 September 2016.

Colours in Chinese Culture
29 September 2016
Learn about the meaning of colours in Chinese culture.

The new Director of the Confucius Institute
29 September 2016
Dr Aaron Moore has been appointed as the new Academic Director of the Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute in the media

  • The Presidential visit to the UK as featured in the China Daily - October 2015
  • Our partnerships with Chinese companies and institutions as featured in the China Daily – September 2014
  • Our teacher training programmes as featured in The Guardian Teacher Network - September 2013
  • Our Selfridges staff training programme as featured in the Daily Mail (Mail Online) - October 2011
  • Our Selfridges staff training programme as featured in The Business Desk - October 2011
  • Our Chinese lessons at St Paul's Primary School as featured in The Manchester Evening News - April 2010
  • China Fever in the UK as featured in the People's Daily (Chinese) - November 2008
  • Our Chinese lessons at St Paul's Primary School as featured in Unilife - March 2008
  • Mandarin Magic as featured in The Manchester Evening News - October 2007